CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 6/9 Harvard men's hockey returns to Bright-Landry Hockey Center for post-Thanksgiving hockey, as the Crimson hosts No. 12/14 Boston College on Friday afternoon (Nov. 29) at 4:30 p.m. on NESN. Harvard has won its first six games of the season, winning at Rensselaer last Friday night, 6-3. Harvard is off to its first 6-0 start in the Ted Donato era, and is 6-0 for the first time since the 1988-1989 season, when the Crimson started 15-0 and captured a national title. Harvard is one of two remaining unbeaten teams, along with No. 2/2 Cornell (8-0-0).
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• Last Friday night, sophomore forward Casey Dornbach notched his first career hat trick to lead the Crimson past RPI, 6-3, at Houston Field House. Dornbach earned ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honors for his efforts. Junior forward Henry Bowlby, sophomore forward Baker Shore, and senior forward Frederic Gregoire added goals for Harvard.
• A combination of great goaltending and timely scoring has helped Harvard begin the 2019-20 season unbeaten in six games. Harvard's goaltending tandem of first-year Mitchell Gibson (3-0-0, 1.49, .955) and senior Cameron Gornet (3-0-0, 1.90, .955) has combined to put up the best goaltending stats in the country. Gibson started in net last Friday night at Rensselaer, making 15 saves before being replaced by Gornet (22 saves) who earned the win.
• Harvard's offense is off to a flying start, leading the nation early on with 5.50 goals scored per game. Sophomore forward Casey Dornbach (five goals, seven assists) leads the team in scoring and is second in the nation with 2.00 points per game. Defensemen Reilly Walsh (2-5-7) and Jack Rathbone (3-4-7) are tied for third among NCAA defensemen with an average of 1.17 points per game. First-year forward Nick Abruzzese (2-7-9) leads all NCAA first-years with an average of 1.50 points per contest, while first-year forward John Farinacci (4-4-8) is second on the list with 1.33 points per contest.
• Harvard has its highest ranking in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls in two years...Harvard has four players with point streaks of four or more - Henry Bowlby (5), Reilly Walsh (4), Jack Drury (4), and Casey Dornbach (4)...Through six games, Harvard has 10 players with two goals or more, and 10 players with five points or more.
• Harvard has the nation's second longest home unbeaten streak (13) at 12-0-1 dating back to games last year at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Since extensive renovations were completed prior to the start of the 2014-15 season, the Crimson is 52-14-9 (.753) on its home ice.
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Ted Donato '91, The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey
Following success as a player at the collegiate, professional and international levels, Ted Donato has begun piling up a long list of accomplishments as head coach at his alma mater. The former Crimson captain has guided Harvard to four 20-win seasons, captured ECAC Hockey and Ivy League championships, claimed six NCAA tournament berths, a Frozen Four appearance, led his team to six ECAC Hockey championship games, and coached 11 All-Americans and 16 National Hockey Leaguers. As a player at Harvard he was named the 1989 MVP of the Frozen Four during the Crimson's national title run. Drafted by the Boston Bruins in 1987, Donato played 796 games over 13 NHL seasons. His career in the NHL commenced after he competed on the 1992 USA Olympic team where he scored four goals and three assists in eight games.
Harvard will play another non-conference game next Tuesday (Dec. 3) at Boston University with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.